For some, the idea of retiring early is a dream nurtured over decades. For others, it’s the realization that they could walk away from their career right now and manage just fine. For still others, it comes as a virtual smack upside the head from a financial planner who asks why they’ve waited so long.
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Professional athletes often find themselves on shaky financial footing when they retire. This happens despite the fact that many of them make more money in one year than the average worker will make in a lifetime. Lifestyle inflation is real, people. As you accumulate expensive things, you expect more and better things in the future.
Love may be priceless, but Valentine’s Day isn’t. Americans will spend $18.2 billion celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, predicts the National Retail Federation. That’s an average of $136.57 a person. An estimated $4.3 billion will be spent on jewelry, $3.8 billion on a night out, $2 billion on flowers and $1 billion on greeting cards.
If you’re planning on becoming a homeowner one day, you’ll likely take out a mortgage to finance your purchase. The two most common types of home loans — fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages — each have pros and cons, and choosing the right one for your situation will affect your financial outlook for years. Use the
Andrew and Sonia Campbell of Killeen, Texas, have been talking about putting in a solar power system for years. In June, the installers finally arrived–just as the near-biblical rainfall in their part of the state was finally letting up. The Campbells’ new system will supply nearly all the electricity they need and, besides slashing their
Our community was in the path of the blizzard that just slammed the Midwest. So far, so good — I haven’t noticed any damage. How can I protect my home from future winter storms? We came up with 12 simple strategies that can help you protect your home from some of the most common causes